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Ryan Center conference draws pastor from Myanmar

Kyaw Zin Htwe sat at a computer in Yangon, Myanmar, looking for a Bible conference to attend.


Bernheisel completes marathon just 6 months after liver transplant

Jay Bernheisel completed his second marathon in four hours, 49 minutes. His time was slower than his first marathon finish in 2004 of four hours, 11 minutes. Bernheisel, however, had a pretty good excuse: he was only six months removed from a liver transplant.


Summer in Ghana confirms Hughey’s call to medical missions

Jordan Hughey plans to do long-term medical mission work, and the Ghana trip through the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board gave Hughey an opportunity to work alongside medical professionals and sample the lifestyle.


Ryan Center provides teaching for ministers in Ethiopia

Brian Denker, assistant to the director of Union University’s Ryan Center for Biblical Studies, recently traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to provide training for Ethiopian ministers.


Stoneking describes diabetes, amputation as gifts from God

Kent Stoneking, chairman of pharmacy practice in Union's School of Pharmacy, reveals his prosthetic leg during an address to first-year pharmacy students Aug. 22.


Union alum Adalberth gets intimate look at Olympics as UPS director

Read about Gunnar Adalberth (UU class of 1987) and his role as UPS director of business development for the London Olympics.


Union student ministers in London during Olympics

Union University sophomore Ian Draper and other volunteers from Illinois Baptist churches partnered with a London church to reach people with the gospel during the Olympics.


Medical Missions Honeymoon

Union nursing students spend honeymoon as part of medical mission team


A blessing in tragedy

Four years after almost dying in a tornado, David Wilson is set to graduate from Union University


Union volunteers aid tornado-stricken Tuscaloosa in rebuilding effort

A team of 10 from Union traveled to Tuscaloosa Aug. 3-5, 2011 to help the city in its recovery efforts from an April 27 tornado that caused massive damage, destroying more than 5,000 buildings and killing more than 40 people.


Soccer team partners with Brazilian church on mission trip to Rio

The Union soccer team ministers to students from a deaf institute in Rio de Janeiro.


Pharmacy students meet spiritual, physical needs in Belize

The Union School of Pharmacy traveled to Hattieville, Belize, to do a variety of ministry and healthcare work among the impoverished there.


A broken vessel restored

Despite turbulent childhood, Amy Brown finds healing in the arms of Christ


Trip to Singapore ignites Dockery’s vision for potential Union partnership

A trip to lecture multiple times in Singapore left Union University President David S. Dockery “physically exhausted, spiritually exhilarated” and hopeful about a future partnership between the university and Singapore Baptists.


Barnard visits Iran for academic exchange with Muslim philosophers

Union University philosophy professor Justin Barnard recently spent a week in Iran as part of an academic exchange between Christian and Muslim philosophers that he helped to organize.


Guthrie surpasses $24,000 goal for freshwater wells

Union student Joshua Guthrie raised enough money to have three freshwater wells installed in Sudan.


Visit to Iraq reinforces Sanderson’s belief in value of liberal arts education

Provost Carla Sanderson spent four days in Iraq in January, sharing her expertise with academic leaders who want a more democratic form of higher education in their country.


Morris, Stallings spend summer biking cross-country on Ride:Well Tour

Erin Morris and Bethany Stallings had differing ideas about the best part of their summer. They were unanimous on the most difficult part – the mountains.


Michael Lewis: Alaska native, Palin acquaintance

Michael Lewis hasn’t had any problems meeting new friends during his first few weeks of college. With a story like his, strangers are immediately hooked.


Freshmen arrive for 'a new day at Union'

Kevin and Marta Walker, evacuees from Houma, La., don’t know for sure the condition of their hurricane-battered house.


18-year-old Union senior’s research published by Harvard

Matthew Dawson is not your typical college senior.


Union students, Jackson firefighters share stories about Feb. 5 tornado

Rebecca Hartfield had one fireman in particular she wanted to see. The only problem was, she didn’t know what he looked like.


Nepalese pastors benefit from Van Neste’s teaching

A 10-day trip to Nepal was cut a little short for Union University Christian studies professor Ray Van Neste, as a student protest over gas prices shut down the city of Kathmandu, including the airport.


Jeffery donates kidney to fellow Union student

Alvin Jeffery knew that Dustin Mayfield needed help, so he leaped at the chance to offer it.


Raising Alexander: Barhams open home and hearts to a young man who needed both

Nothing seemed to work for David Barham as he tried to motivate 14-year-old Rufus Alexander.


Julie Propst: Tough Love

Julie Propst finds fulfillment inside an inner-city classroom


Union students’ medieval quires praised by paleography expert

Texts are cheap these days, according to Union University English professor Gavin Richardson. That’s why he wanted his students to appreciate the value of books from ages past.


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